Apprenticeship indenture of James Rudge

Scope and Content

Printed indenture of apprenticeship, completed in manuscript, 5 Oct 1798, between James Rudge, son of James Rudge of Gloucester, upholsterer, and George Holder of Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, apothecary, for a term of 7 years, with Holder to provide meat, drink and bedding. The consideration is £10 paid by the Mayor and burgesses of Gloucester out of public charity money given by Mrs Jane Hunter, deceased. Signed and sealed by Holder and James Rudge, witnessed by William Birt. On the dorse is a note of the enrolment at the Tolsey in Gloucester, signed by Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk, mayor, and two others.

Administrative / Biographical History

An apprenticeship indenture bound a young person to a master, to learn from him his art, trade or business, and to serve him during the time of his apprenticeship, which could only last until he reached his majority.


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Acquisition Information

Bought from E. Hall in 1966. Formerly with MS.699.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

5" x 9½"

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLp AIM25 Project.

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